Gojira vs. Godzilla

Digital Asia (DIGC330)

Last week in DIGC330 with Chris, we discussed assumptions, and epiphanies in relation to our text. We were asked to revisit the text we looked at, and analyse our assumptions in an autoethnographical way and come to some conclusions/epiphanies through personal research.

One of the many points to autoethnography is the idea that there is no right or wrong way to look at a text, as it depends how we see it. But it is safe to say I was quick to judge the 1954 film Gojira. Although I don’t believe I was ‘wrong’, I used previous assumptions from cultural and social background context of the film to sway my first viewing.

After doing some research on the film, I noted the distinct differences to using the title Gojira compared to using Godzilla. Growing up, nobody ever used the word Gojira to describe this monster movie, either because they didn’t…

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  1. I really like how you talk about the titles of the films. That is something that I didn’t even consider. It’s something we almost take for granted in this country – that no one will change the names of our films. It actually makes a huge difference and I’m glad you addressed it.
    Actually the whole comparison between the American release and the Japanese release was really well done and very interesting. I can’t believe that they changed the end of the film! It just goes to show the 1950’s American perspective on war verses the 1950’s Japanese perspective. It’s almost unbelievable.


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